In 2015, Texas freshman receiver John Burt was listed as a 6-foot-2-inch, 184 pound receiver. In 2016, Burt is 6-foot-3-inches and five pounds heavier.
And that’s just the start when it comes to taking a look at the 2016 roster as spring football gets started.
There are 23 players entering spring who are at least 10 pounds heavier. Running back Chris Warren is tipping the scales at 255 pounds, 23 pounds heavier than last year. That’s a lot of Pat Moorer work outs, or a lot of trips to Whataburger and pints of Blue Bell ice cream (or however else you choose to honor Texas).
I’m guessing it’s Moorer. Take a look at the workouts he’s put players through in the past:
Gaining the most weight is redshirt freshman offensive lineman Garrett Thomas. Thomas is from Many, La., and he gained many pounds this offseason, going from 274 to 300 pounds. He’s 6-foot-6-inches tall, so he basically just became even more imposing.
Losing weight is 6-foot-2-inch sophomore DeAndre McNeal, who slimmed down from 236 (the heaviest wide receiver on the roster in 2015) to 227 (still the heaviest by five pounds).
And because the quarterback position is already being talked about this spring, we’ll note that 6-foot-4-inch Tyrone Swoopes gained 10 pounds and Jerrod Heard eight pounds.
As for vertical growth, seven players grew an inch since last year.
Some non-physical roster notes:
Eight players are listing Houston as their hometowns. That doesn’t include Galena Park, League City and other Houston suburbs. There are around 20 players who could be referred to as “Dallas Metroplex” products. From the Austin area, there are 10 players on the roster.
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